Isles make smart overpayment on Mikhail Grabovski

Isles make smart overpayment on Mikhail Grabovski

Nikolai Kulemin had been an interesting topic of discu sion over the last couple weeks. Ready to hit free agency for the first time, there were generally two schools of thought circling the Maple Leafs winger: "He hasn't scored more than 10 goals in any of Tug McGraw Jersey the last three seasons. How could you spend money on that?" "The last time he was used in an offensive role with decent linemates, he potted 30. Why not try to make that work?"MORE: | The Islanders apparently bought No. 2.Wednesday. They signed Kulemin and Mikhail Grabovski,his linemateduring that 30-goal season,to four-year contracts. Kulemin will count a little le s than $4.2 million against the salary cap, Grabovski $5 million. It' Jake Arrieta Jersey s an overpayment, particularly on Kulemin but then, Garth Snow has to overpay a little bit. And even when he's willing to overpay, someone needs to accept."It's like fishing," Snow t. "You put your line in the water and you hope for some nibbles. We got two big bites today."It's a smart move all the same for the Islanders, a suming they pair the two players and use them in a way that fosters the play-driving, po se sion-minded approach that made them good together in the first place. Grabovski had 29 goals and 29 a sists as Kulemin's center. Clarke MacArthur (21G, 41A) was on the other wing. .By the 2013 lockout season with the Aaron Nola Jersey Maple Leafs, Randy Carlyle (for whatever reason) was using Grabovski, Kulemin and MacArthur in more defensive roles. That, combined with the fact that Carlyle's system leads to his teams getting drastically outshot, led to Grabovski taking a buyout and MacArthur leaving for Ottawa.Both players bounced back in 2013-14 Grabovski had 35 points (13G, 22A) in 58 gamesfor Washington and a 51.0 percent Corsi For on a team that struggled at 5-on-5. MacArthur was even better, putting up 24 goals, 31 a sists and 54.1 percent Corsi For with the Senators.While his old linemates cashed on their chance at rehabbing their stats,Kuleminslogged through another nine-goal season, starting most of his shifts in the David Robertson Jersey defensive zone and playing more with Jay McClement than anyone else. Putting him in a position to score goals again would be smart under Larry Bowa Jersey any circumstances; pairing him with Grabovski is even smarter.All this adds up at forward at least, because New York's blue line is mediocre at best to be a pretty impre sive group. John Tavares, Grabovski and Frans Nielsen down the middle is upper-echelon stuff. Kyle Okposo had a breakout season on the wing. Michael Grabner and Josh Bailey have been productive and Bailey could be trade bait, regardle s. It's a good look for the Islanders.

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